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463 we have kathy, michael, amanda, and -- for seat 3, we have michael amanda, and cafes. forsee 5 and we could vote will daily in that seat. six looks like charles and deborah are eligible, even without checking for the letters. if that is too complicated, we can -- >> we can only have one person for each seat. who are they? >> i would propose maxine paulson for seat two. >> i would second that nomination.
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was the rev. hear? >> she was not here. she did not speak. the bemused foresee for, and will daily for seat 5 -- debra muse for seat 4, and will daily for seat 5. >> do we have a letter for charles? >> we do have a letter for charles. >> we do not have him eligible for sixth on our agenda. >> i do have a letter, but does it have to say specifically for seat 6 bowman region in -- for seat 6?
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if not, we could put deborah in seat 6 n. charles in seat four. >> i did appreciate the way we are fitting it in, but i think amanda would be great, and i think cathy would be great, too, for those seats three and four. we have a letter for you.
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it is amanda we do not have. i am real uncomfortable of appointing someone who has not shown on up, and may be the better way to go would be to give amanda a chance to continue this so the rev. ken show of and give me a chance to vent the rev. verses amanda. i do not want to blindly go with someone who has not been here. 3 and 4 i would like to hold on to greater >> what about item six sonoma -- 3 and 4 would like to hold onto. >> what about item six hamas -- item 6? >> i am fine with will daily for a seat five.
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>> great. do we have a motion? >> mr. cases only qualified for two, three, and fou region -- mr. pitts is only qualified for two, three, and four. >> i do work with another organization. i am not sure i can get a letter from them, but it is possible i can ask a. >> i would like to continue. it seems there is a lot of incompleteness. if we could make decisions, that would be my preference.
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>> there is no motion for two and five. >> we can continue to next week's special meeting, and anybody who has not had a letter, if them in. you have got to get your letters in by monday. >> without objection, we will continue this item. is there a deadline on this? to the call of the chair. thank you very much. will you please call the next item? >> items 4 through 8 regard existing legislation. would you like to adopt a motion to move into closed session? >> yes. before we move on, is there any public comment on closed session bowman -- on closed session? we have a motion to move into
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closed session without objection. thank you so much for coming to the meeting. >> we met in closed session to discuss pending claims and litigation. i understand that the committee will amend item six, line 19. it will have stipulation for entry of judgment. and then i understand the committee will provide items 4, 5, 6, and seven ford, with recommendations. and you have done the amendment. >> no objections. >> and in order now is a motion
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regarding disclosure. >> second that. >> thank you. >> thank you very much.
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>> there has been an acknowledgement of the special places around san francisco bay. well, there is something sort of innate in human beings, i think, that tend to recognize a good spot when you see it, a spot that takes your breath away. this is one of them. >> an icon of the new deal. >> we stood here a week ago and we heard all of these dignitaries talk about the symbol that coit tower is for san francisco. it's interesting for those of us in the pioneer park project is trying to make the point that not only the tower, not only this man-built edifice here is a symbol of the city but also the green space on which it sits and the hill to which is rests. to understand them, you have to understand the topography of san francisco. early days of the city, the city grows up in what is the financial district on the edge of chinatown. everything they rely on for
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existence is the golden gate. it's of massive importance to the people what comes in and out of san francisco bay. they can't see it where they are. they get the idea to build a giant wooden structure. the years that it was up here, it gave the name telegraph hill. it survived although the structure is long gone. come to the 1870's and the city has growed up remarkably. it's fueled with money from the nevada silver mines and the gold rush. it's trying to be the paris of the west. now the beach is the suburbs, the we will their people lived on the bottom and the poorest people lived on the top because it was very hard getting to the top of telegraph hill. it was mostly lean-to sharks and bits of pieces of houses up here in the beginning. and a group of 20 businessmen decided that it would be better if the top of the hill remained for the public. so they put their money down
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and they bought four lots at the top of the hill and they gave them to the city. lily hitchcock coit died without leaving a specific use for her bequest. she left a third of her estate for the beautify indication of the city. arthur brown, noted architect in the city, wanted for a while to build a tower. he had become very interested in persian towers. it was the 1930's. it was all about machinery and sort of this amazing architecture, very powerful architecture. he convinced the rec park commission that building a tower in her memory would be the thing to do with her money. >> it was going to be a wonderful observation place because it was one of the highest hills in the city anywhere and that that was the whole reason why it was built that high and had the elevator access immediately from the beginning as part of its
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features. >> my fear's studio was just down the street steps. we were in a very small apartment and that was our backyard. when they were preparing the site for the coit tower, there was always a lot of harping and griping about how awful progress was and why they would choose this beautiful pristine area to do them in was a big question. as soon as the coit tower was getting finished and someone put in the idea that it should be used for art, then, all of a sudden, he was excited about the coit tower. it became almost like a daily destination for him to enjoy the atmosphere no matter what the politics, that wasn't the point.
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as long as they fit in and did their work and did their own creative expression, that was all that was required. they turned in their drawings. the drawings were accepted. if they snuck something in, well, there weren't going to be any stoolies around. they made such careful little diagrams of every possible little thing about it as though that was just so important and that they were just the big frog. and, actually, no one ever felt that way about them and they weren't considered something like that. in later life when people would approach me and say, well, what did you know about it? we were with him almost every day and his children, we grew up together and we didn't think of him as a commie and also the
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same with the other. he was just a family man doing normal things. no one thought anything of what he was doing. some of them were much more highly trained. it shows, in my estimation, in the murals. this was one of the masterpieces. families at home was a lot more close to the life that i can remember that we lived. murals on the upper floors like the children playing on the swings and i think the little deer in the forest where you could come and see them in the woods and the sports that were always available, i think it did express the best part of our lives. things that weren't costing money to do, you would go to a picnic on the beach or you
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would do something in the woods. my favorite of all is in the staircase. it's almost a miracle masterpiece how he could manage to not only fit everyone, of course, a lot of them i recognized from my childhood -- it's how he juxtaposed and managed to kind of climb up that stairway on either side very much like you are walking down a street. it was incredible to do that and to me, that is what depicted the life of the times in san francisco. i even like the ones that show the industrial areas, the once with the workers showing them in the cannery and i can remember going in there and seeing these women with the caps, with the nets shuffling these cans through. my parents had a ranch in santa
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rosa and we went there all summer. i could see these people leaning over and checking. it looked exactly like the beautiful things about the ranch. i think he was pretty much in the never look back philosophy about the coit. i don't think he ever went to visit again after we moved from telegraph hill, which was only five or six years later. i don't think he ever had to see it when the initials are scratched into everything and people had literally destroyed the lower half of everything. >> well, in my view, the tower had been pretty much neglected from the 1930's up until the 1980's. it wasn't until then that really enough people began to be alarmed about the condition of the murals, the tower was leaking. some of the murals suffered
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wear damage. we really began to organize getting funding through the arts commission and various other sources to restore the murals. they don't have that connection or thread or maintain that connection to your history and your past, what do you have? that's one of the major elements of what makes quality of life in san francisco so incredible. when people ask me, and they ask me all the time, how do you get to coit tower, i say you walk. that's the best way to experience the gradual elevation coming up above the hustle and bustle of the city and finding this sort of oasis, if you will, at the top of the hill. when i walk through this park, i look at these brick walls and this lawn, i look at the railings around the murals. i look at the restoration and i
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think, yeah, i had something to do with that. learning the lessons, thank you, landmarks meet landmarks. the current situation at pioneer park and coit tower is really based in public and private partnership. it was the citizens who came together to buy the land to keep it from being developed. it was lily hitchcock coit to give money to the city to beautify the city she loved of the park project worked to develop this south side and still that's the basis of our future project to address the north side.
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supervisor mar: so here we go, everyone. the meeting will come to order. this is the regular meeting of the land use committee for the san francisco board of supervisors. this is the february 7, 2011, meeting. i am supervisor eric mar.
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next to us is supervisor malia cohen and scott wiener. our clerk is alisa somera. clerk somera: -- supervisor mar: i also want to thank sfgtv for televising this. ms. somera, we only have one item before us today. could you please read the item?
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clerk somera: a resolution authorizing the port of san francisco to accept and expend a great in the amount of 15,000 $200 from the california department of boating and waterways -- $15,200 from the california department of boating and waterways. supervisor mar: we have a speaker. >> this is for abandoned watercraft. staff has identified seven recreational vessels that have been in the jurisdiction that pose potential navigation and environmental hazards. that number continues to grow. within the jurisdiction of the port, there are five marinas and three yacht clubs with over 2000 recreational vehicles at their
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facilities, and there are numerous areas where both can be left at acre or tied to spears without authorization -- can be left at anchor or tied to piers without authorization. over $1,000 represents a 10% matching funds. we are here for any questions you may have. supervisor mar: colleagues, any questions? seeing none, let's open this up for public comment. is there anyone in the public who would like to speak? sir, welcome. three minutes per person. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is douglas. i have lived in san francisco for 59 years. the reason i am giving public
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comment is for support. i think this is way past due. since i was a kid, i remember those abandoned boats were there, and i am glad we finally got around to it at this hearing. the main reason i would like to offer commented today is that i was very surprised that today's agenda had only one item. i would think that a committee of such importance would have had a lot more items than one item, so being a longtime resident of san francisco, i am sure there are many residents like myself who question we are getting our money's worth out of today's meeting, but onto other things with regard to agenda items with this committee, i would like to make two suggestions. the first one would be that maybe we should spend more time regarding the development of a park. i think different people have spoken out that it is
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underutilized, and i think that if this committee has only one agenda item today, maybe they can consider a boating discussion on john mclaren park, to give the residents of that part of town to come and give public comment, and the second item has been covered many times, especially on tv, and since we had plenty of time today, i thought it would not hurt to mention it again, that the department of public works has an ongoing campaign for illegal street dumping. i think it is pretty obvious it has been going on for a long time, and no matter how hard they try to crack down on this, it continues, so then i think we should maybe schedule a hearing for illegal dumping, and then maybe some of the residents that actually live on the streets that separate the dumping, maybe they will have a chance to come down here and have a chance to say what they want to say,
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because i have a feeling that there has been a lot discussed about illegal dumping, but i think the main thing to do is to just have somebody patrolling the neighborhood at night, and i think you could catch a few people pretty easily. in fact, maybe what we should consider doing is just to have bounties and pay people to catch these dumpers. i have a feeling they are not the smartest criminals around, so we should be able to give away some of the award money. thank you. supervisor mar: thank you. is there anyone else who would like to speak? mr. paulson, we are in public comment. is there anyone else who would like to speak today? >> i just want to encourage you to ♪ get on your land fees
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i want some action get on your land fees good things happen it is going to be ok under cloudy skies -- gray get on your land feet i want to see some action get on your land feet i want to see good things happen ♪ supervisor mar: think you. is there anyone else who would like to speak? -- thank you. seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, is there a motion on the item? without objection -- clerk somera: there is a
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committee report. supervisor wiener: we have to recommend adoption. supervisor mar: this will be a committee meeting. are there any other items? clerk somera: no, there are no other items. supervisor mar: just to address a one comment, we wanted to have another item, but that was already on the agenda. that was a good point. we want to make sure that we use the best use of our committee's time, as well korea with that, meeting adjourned. thank you. -- as well. with that, meeting adjourned. [gavel]
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